HARNESSING MANGROVES TO HELP FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE
An ambitious, interdisciplinary project that spans continents could prove vital in the fight against climate change.
The humble mangrove, an ecosystem that is often forgotten in the ongoing dialogue about rising sea levels and global warming is at the heart of this project. Blue Carbon Futures, draws from the diverse fields of Biology, Environmental Science, Law, Accounting, and Social Sciences, believe mangroves are on the front line when it comes to mitigating the effects of climate change.
Blue carbon refers to the carbon sequestered by mangrove ecosystems. The project focuses on mangrove forests in Vietnam, Brazil, and Australia, with the aim of creating a standard that operationalises blue carbon to offset carbon.
The need to protect and preserve valuable mangrove habitats which occur in tropical and subtropical climates around the world, has fundamental social, environmental and economic impacts. Mangroves also provide critical wildlife habitats, water purification, coastal protection, and fisheries management.
For many developing nations, mangrove forests are often converted to other land uses that provide short-term financial gain such as shrimp farming, yet have long-term environmental effects, such as the creation of acid sulfate soil biproducts that limit production. Lead researcher Dr Kerrylee Rogers says the project looks at the social, legal, cultural and economic barriers that limit the implementation of blue carbon conservation and restoration, and intends to identify a robust scientific methodology for assessing carbon storage within mangrove ecosystems.
The challenge is vast and ongoing Dr Rogers says, but the benefits for communities on the ground, and for the world in general, by improving carbon sequestration by mangrove ecosystems is integral to mitigating the effects of climate change.
Learn how mangroves are helping to fight global climate change.
- PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS
Produced 6 publications
Project team of 8 researchers including 3 PhD students
Engagement of 8 research institutions/partners